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Artist Rachel Perry On Stage

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Thursday, May 17
6:00 pm
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The Cabot
286 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA 01915 United States

Internationally renowned, multi-disciplinary artist Rachel Perry of Gloucester and Brooklyn, New York will present a free, public lecture on her work and career at The Cabot followed by a reception at Montserrat College of Art Galleries, 23 Essex Street, where her work will be on view. She will also present the keynote speech the following day at Montserrat’s annual commencement ceremony.

Perry is a trustee at Montserrat College of Art and has had her work included in a group exhibition “It’s Getting Hot in Here” in the Montserrat Gallery in 2008.

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“We are delighted that Rachel will honor us in this way,” said President Steve Immerman. “Montserrat’s tradition of offering public lectures, by artists of her caliber and reputation, is our way of providing a gift to the community to the Greater Beverly creative community each spring, and we hope the public will want to join us and take this opportunity to meet her.”

Born in Japan in 1962, Perry’s work is held in numerous museums and private collections around the world, including the Museum of Fine Arts and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Baltimore Museum of Art, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Florida, and the List Visual Arts Center at MIT. Since 2006 Rachel Perry has been represented by Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York City where in 2018 she had her sixth solo exhibition.

She has been honored with four residencies at the MacDowell Colony, earning both the Cathrine Boettcher and the Kurt and Anne Stark Locher Fellowships. She has participated in several other residency programs, including Yaddo and ArtOmi, and was artist-in-residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in October of 2014, beginning an affiliation that continues today. Perry is a three-time recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Award for Excellence; the only artist in its history to win in three separate disciplines: Photography, Drawing, and Sculpture. A finalist for the Foster Prize at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston in 2006, she participated in the inaugural exhibition at the Museum’s grand re-opening in Boston’s Seaport.

She has participated in group shows at Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; The Drawing Center, New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; and the Beatriz Esguerra Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia. Her solo shows include What Do You Really Want? at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston; Chiral Lines and Lost in My Life at Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York; Same Difference at Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston; and her first solo museum show, 24/7, at DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts, which subsequently traveled to the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Perry lectures extensively and has held many visiting artist positions at institutions around the country from New York to Alaska. Notably, she participated on a panel with Sherry Turkle and Helen Schulman at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2010, and co-presented with author Michael Chabon at the MacDowell Colony Benefit in 2014.

She has been reviewed in many national and online publications, including Art in America, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Art on Paper, Art:21, Sculpture and Harvard Business Review, with cover stories in Boston Common and Art New England. Perry contributed a photo-performance project to Women in Clothes, published by Penguin in 2014, a New York Times bestseller. She has twice been commissioned by The New York Times Magazine to create art for feature stories, most recently for coverage of the “Me Too” movement. In 2011, Perry created a four-page pictorial essay for the December issue of Vogue. She holds a BA in English Literature with a minor in French from Connecticut College and a Diploma and Fifth Year Certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.